A stately 13th century manor house was the setting for this picture-perfect pink real wedding celebration…
WHERE: St Michael Church, North Newton, Somerset
WHEN: July 2009
PHOTOGRAPHER: Darren Ryden
The first date
“It was a snowy afternoon in April and we’d spent it together drinking coffee and chatting,” remembers Victoria. “Then Ben cooked for me – such a sweetie!” she adds.
“We’d had a night out with some friends and after we’d said goodbye, Ben just went really quiet and then came out and proposed!” explains Victoria. “Was I surprised? Well, we’d only been dating for two weeks, so yes – completely! But I think I said yes before he had even finished asking…”
The bride’s real wedding outfit
“I really did have the ‘princess moment’,” says Victoria. “I walked out of the dressing room and my mum was in floods of tears.
It was an instant decision; this real wedding dress was the one.” Victoria found her ‘Alexandra’ gown by Sophia Tolli – a beautiful, silk taffeta design covered with crystals and sequins – at Cathedral Brides in Wells.
The groom’s outfit
Ben wore a three-quarter-length black morning suit from Astaires, teamed with grey pinstripe trousers and a pale pink waistcoat. “I especially wanted pinstripe trousers to match my grandad’s outfit at my parents’ wedding,” explains Victoria. “I see Ben in suits every day, but this totally blew me away,” she adds.
“We took a quiet five minutes together, just to reassure ourselves that it was actually us who’d just got married…”
Looking pretty in pink, Victoria’s two best girls wore candyflosspink ballerina-style dresses from Frox Bridal in Taunton. “We accessorised their look with a simple Alice band in their hair from Monsoon, and strappy, sparkly diamanté sandals from Faith,” says Victoria.
“I’ll never forget the moment I walked through the doors of the church with my dad and saw Ben for the first time,” remembers Victoria. “They’re the two best men in my life!”
“Our flowers were from Eden Floral Design in Taunton – Ben has always surprised me with beautiful flowers from here,” says Victoria. “The ‘summer country’ displays in the church were arranged by the ladies of the village; we have a really strong community spirit and it was lovely to have them play a part in our special day,” she adds.
“I didn’t want to make people sit with people they didn’t know – I wanted them to feel relaxed in our ‘home’…”
Victoria and Ben chose to host their real wedding reception amidst the walnut groves and ancient barns in the grounds of 13th-century manor, Maunsel House.
Iced with a flourish of pink sugar flowers, the couple’s four-tiered cake was bought from Sugar and Ice.
Each guest went home with pink Champagne truffles from Thorntons.
Was a sun-soaked week in the luxurious Maldives.